Li Kai Wen, 22, of China will battle it out with Roel “Akiyama” Rosauro, 29, of the Philippines at “ONE: Quest for Gold” on February 23, 2018. The latter replaced his Filipino fighter Rodian Menchavez, 23, who had to pull out because of an injury.
Coming out of a loss from his most recent fight, Li is eager to redeem himself. In November 2017, he graced the ONE Championship cage for the first time in nearly a year and a half when he took on Pakistani featherweight Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba in Singapore at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit.”
Although there was plenty of attention on the bout between Li and Mujtaba at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” as both talents are young, aggressive and known to constantly push the pace, it was marred by controversy. A series of illegal blows to the back of Mujtaba’s head stopped the match in the opening minutes of round one, and ultimately resulted in Li’s disqualification.
While others sink into obscurity after being tainted by a disqualification loss, Li is determined not to fall into that category as he is eager to redeem himself on the global stage. For him, the defeat was a blessing in disguise.
“My loss last November is sweet,” Li said. “It is sometimes better to feel that. You come to know that you have to work harder and harder. I have learned many things, and now I have more dedication and hunger for this sport.”
Currently, Li holds a record of 6 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Rosauro has 3 wins and 1 loss.
“ONE: Quest for Gold” will take place at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The main event is a bout between ONE Middleweight World Champion La N Sang “The Burmese Python” Aung, 32, of Myanmar and Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado, 35, of Brazil for the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World title.